The Aroma of Love: Rose in Perfumery
With Valentine's Day comes delightful aromas! What better botanical to work with than the flower of love: rose! If you are a budding perfumer, rose is an essential oil in your repertoire. Here's a little more about love's most notorious fragrance:
When 100 perfumers selected a standard for a floral aroma, Bulgarian rose was the one chosen. The absolute is unique in that it has a high tenacity alongside a deep, rosy fragrance.
Distilled rose otto has more top note, and absolute rose has more fixative power. Rose oil has a warm, deep floral, slightly spicy, rich, honey-like odor.
Rose is also a very popular fragrance in many cosmetics and creams, as well as perfumes, toilet preparations, lozenges, and toothpaste. Want to make sure you breath is fresh for your Valentine's Day sweetheart? Try a tooth powder with baking soda, and a few drops each of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) and mastic Pistacia lentiscus var. chia (L.) essential oils.
If you are creating an uplifting fragrance, rose is the perfect choice. Try blending it with floral essential oils like in the Aromatic Room Spray recipe to the right. , There are many other oils it blends well with. A few include:
- anise Pimpinella anisum (L.)
- benzoin Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) Craib ex Hartwich
- bergamot Citrus aurantium (L.) var. bergamia
- black pepper Piper nigrum (L.)
- chamomile (Roman) Chamaemelum nobile (L.) All.
- costus Aplotaxis lappa (Decne.)
- fennel Foeniculum vulgare (Hill)
- geranium Pelargonium graveolens (L'Her.)
- ginger Zingiber officinale (Roscoe)
- jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum (L.)
- immortelle Helichrysum italicum (Roth)
- neroli Citrus aurantium (L.) var. amara
- patchouli Pogostemon cablin (Benth.)
- sandalwood Santalum album (L.)
- vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides (Nash)
- ylang ylang Cananga odorata (Lam.) var. genuina
As many of you know, rose essential oil can get quite pricey. But don't fear! A small quantity goes a long way. The minimum perceptible is 0.01-0.02-mg%.
Looking for more lovely ways to utilize the flower of love? Check out our free eBook, A rose by any other name..., which is a comprehensive look at a perfumer favorite, rose essential oil.
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Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for accuracy. (February 2018)